Bad news: Your chocolate Labrador won't live as long as other Labs

Bad news: Your chocolate Labrador won't live as long as other Labs

In some bad news for chocolate Labrador Retriever lovers everywhere, new research shows that they have shorter life spans than their black and yellow cousins.Not only that, but they also have higher rates of skin disease and ear infections.For the study, researchers analysed data from more than 33 000 Labradors in the United Kingdom.

Trick or treat: should you dress up your dog for Halloween?

Trick or treat: should you dress up your dog for Halloween?

Pinterest A dog dressed as a tarantula for the 2016 Halloween dogs parade in Tompkins Square Park, New York. The Tompkins Square Halloween dog parade in New York is about to enjoy its 28th year, and features hundreds of dogs in elaborate costumes with props.

8 Chihuahua Gifts for Dog Lovers

8 Chihuahua Gifts for Dog Lovers

With pages full of comical and charming photography of Chihuahuas tackling their many “duties” and self-appointed household roles, this engaging book makes an ideal gift for dog lovers who love seeing their favorite breed exhibit this delightful, amusing behavior.

Causes of Ear Mites in Dogs

Causes of Ear Mites in Dogs

When pets share bedding or sleep in close contact, the ear mites easily can transfer from one animal to another. Outdoor cats are most likely to have ear mites, but other pets who come in close contact with outdoor or indoor/outdoor cats are also at risk.

What Are Ear Mites in Cats and Dogs?

What Are Ear Mites in Cats and Dogs?

If the ear mite treatment for cats or dogs does not work and possible secondary infections do not heal, then further testing, such as skin biopsies, may be warranted to check for other diseases or allergies. In the past, one of the most common treatments for ear mites in cats, dogs and other pets was Ivermectin.

Saint Bernard siblings who always stick together find forever home

Saint Bernard siblings who always stick together find forever home

The five-year-old litter mates — named Gasket, Goliath and Gunther — have been living at the Edmonton Humane Society in Alberta, Canada, since they arrived in late September from a different animal welfare agency.

How to keep your pets safe and calm on Bonfire Night

How to keep your pets safe and calm on Bonfire Night

So, whether you’re going out to watch a firework display with family and friends or staying at home, it’s important to make sure your pets are well looked after.

$2,500 hypoallergenic dog reunited with her family one week after she was stolen

$2,500 hypoallergenic dog reunited with her family one week after she was stolen

(Picture: WA Police)Pippy has been more than just a pet for the Vines family. A man was filmed walking away with the dog (Picture: Ten News)A man and woman are said to now be assisting police with the investigation.

Military dogs put down for being 'unfit for service' could be pets

Military dogs put down for being 'unfit for service' could be pets

A new report claims that military dogs are being put down when they are no longer fit for service before they are even given the chance to become pets.

Life expectancy of chocolate labradors is linked to their colour, finds study

Life expectancy of chocolate labradors is linked to their colour, finds study

Scientists are warning that the second most popular dog breed in the UK is more vulnerable to a number of serious health problems including obesity, ear infections and joint conditions.

Does your dog really understand you?

Does your dog really understand you?

The dogs may show greater brain activity in response to a new word because they sense their owners want them to understand what they are saying, and they are trying to do so, the researchers suggested."Dogs ultimately want to please their owners, and perhaps also receive praise or food," said study senior author and neuroscientist Gregory Berns.

Anxiety hotline for dogs launches for Bonfire Night

Anxiety hotline for dogs launches for Bonfire Night

(Picture: Metro.co.uk)If you’re a dog owner, you’ll know that fireworks can be seriously stressful – and bonfire night is probably an annual source of anxiety.

Rabies alert in Gauteng

Rabies alert in Gauteng

complete record of rabies vaccinations could be an infection risk, and members where they could potentially infect domestic pets.” Read: Rabies worse scourge than Ebola The virus is spread of protection against rabies is to avoid contact with stray, wild or unfamiliar

Don’t let your pets be an afterthought this Guy Fawkes

Don’t let your pets be an afterthought this Guy Fawkes

Read: Kids with pets may have lower asthma riskHowever, you can certainly make things more bearable for your pets, by providing a safe haven for them during this stressful time.NSPCA spokesperson Christine Kuch told Health24 that animal owners have the responsibility to ensure that their pets aren’t exposed to the negative effects of Guy Fawkes celebrations.

Be careful of puppy poop – it can make you sick

Be careful of puppy poop – it can make you sick

The other 27 had either bought a Petland puppy, shopped at Petland or visited someone who had purchased a puppy from Petland, the CDC report says.Infected dogs may or may not show signs of illness, such as diarrhoea, vomiting, or a fever, so it's important to take precautions when around dogs, the CDC says.To prevent catching campylobacter from dogs, the CDC advises that you:Wash your hands thoroughly after touching dogs, their poop, or their food.

The purrfect diet for your fat cat

The purrfect diet for your fat cat

The big question was how much it takes to make cats lose weight, especially lazy neutered males?" asked Kelly Swanson, a professor in the department of animal sciences."It turns out you have to keep reducing their food intake because they're not very active.

Dogs born in summer at greater risk for heart disease

Dogs born in summer at greater risk for heart disease

Dogs born in the summer are at higher risk for heart disease than pups born at other times of the year, according to new research.Environment probably a factorScientists think exposure to outdoor air pollution may be to blame.

Is your dog fat? Fitness trackers help put fat pets on a diet

Is your dog fat? Fitness trackers help put fat pets on a diet

He moved to San Francisco for three months, tracked down Czech manufacturers and a customer service subcontractor.Owners willing to splurgeTwo years later, production and sales of the Actijoy fitness trackers have begun, with one unit costing about $300.

The big picture: a bloodhound gets ready to shine at the Manchester dog show, 1966

The big picture: a bloodhound gets ready to shine at the Manchester dog show, 1966

Baker, born in Salford in 1932, has become most celebrated for her poignant, snatched documentary photographs of street life in her native city during the years of slum clearance. Dog Show 1961-1978 by Shirley Baker is published on Thursday (£14.95, Hoxton Mini Press)

When Prehistoric Cats and Dogs Competed, Cats Won

When Prehistoric Cats and Dogs Competed, Cats Won

According to the study, researchers discovered prehistoric dogs and cats had to compete when it came to food and as it turns out, cats were the better predators. While both dogs and cats were natural predators, cats were apparently better at it.

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